10-DAY AFRICAN VOLUNTOURISM SAFARI

This Africa Safari of the Great Rift Valley is a journey steeped in cultural exploration, service, volunteering, and wildlife immersion. This comfortably paced adventure wanders through land that has remained relatively unchanged in the past million years, taking us through several National Parks and reserve areas, including Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, Lake Eyasi and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Diverse animal and plant life can be seen throughout the journey. We will have the privilege of learning about the Hadzabe (Bushmen) and Datoga tribes’ culture and relationship to the land through activities such as building fire, shooting bows and arrows, and touring their village. The Voluntourism aspect of this journey offers the unique experience of giving back to the place guests are traveling in. Spend time at Mama Na M’toto women’s empowerment group and the Makayuni School to assist in serving over 850 kids lunch. Additionally, guests will spend time at the Human Outreach Project’s orphanage, the Kilimanjaro Kids Community. This adventure is suitable for families and all ages, making it an ideal Summer trip!

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Safari

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy

TRIP LENGTH: 10 days/9 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 10 – 34

TRIP COST: From

Double Occupancy

$ 7,400

per person

Single Supplement

$ 1,850

per person

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience Serengeti & Tarangire National Parks
  • Visit the Bushmen and Datoga tribes indigenous to Tanzania for an unforgettable cultural experience
  • Explore the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Crater which is home to the highest concentration of animals in the world
  • Connect with local communities as you give back to the country we are traveling through

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania

  • Arrive to Tanzanian, Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • A WWTrek representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel, where a group dinner will take place
  • Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn or comparable
  • Meals included: Welcome Reception Dinner

Day 2: Orientation and Cultural Tour

  • After breakfast and orientation, we will leave for a day of cultural tours
  • We will take a walking tour of some of the foothill villages surrounding Kilimanjaro, stopping to take a tour of a coffee plantation along the way.
  • Enjoy an evening at leisure
  • Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Tarangire National Park | Makayuni School

  • Morning game drive through Tarangire National Park where you will have your first change of the trip to marvel at the African wildlife
  • Around noon we will make our way to the Makayuni School, where you will have the chance to partake in the Human Outreach Project’s school lunch program, which feeds school lunch to over 850 children.
  • Overnight: Balloon Camp Tarangire or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Tarangire National Park | Mama Na M'toto

  • View the Tarangire National Park from a new perspective on an early morning hot air balloon safari
  • Champagne Bush Breakfast
  • Enjoy viewing the wildlife from a closer vantage on a morning game drive
  • After lunch, visit the Women’s Empowerment Group (Mama Na M’toto), which is sponsored by the Human Outreach Project
  • Overnight: Kisima Ngeda Luxury Tented Camp or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Days 5: Lake Eyasi Hadzabe and Datoga Tribes

  • Early morning visit to the Hadzabe Tribe, of which there are less than 300 remaining members.
  • Spend time with the tribe to learn about their culture and way of life from our special bushman guide, who speaks their click language
  • In the afternoon we will visit the Datoga Tribe. The Datoga are first and foremost warrior’s, known for their stealth ability to eliminate their enemy. They migrated some 3000 years ago from the Highlands of Ethiopia.
  • Forge arrowheads with the tribe, and we will end our day of visits by singing and dancing with the tribe
  • Overnight: Ngorongoro Farmhouse or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Days 6: Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area

  • After breakfast at the lodge we will descend into the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater within the Conservation Area, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • We will enjoy a full day game drive in the largest intact caldera in the world, stopping at a picnic site within the crater for lunch
  • return to the lodge
  • Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Days 7: Serengeti National Park

  • We will enjoy an early breakfast at the lodge before departing to the Serengeti National Park
  • Spend the full day viewing African wildlife in the Serengeti National Park
  • Game drive en-route back to the lodge
  • Overnight: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Serengeti National Park

  • Spend the morning touring the vast endless plains of the Serengeti National Park, abundant with wildlife
  • Enjoy lunch at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge and time to rest after lunch
  • Set out for an evening game drive to observe the animals hunting
  • Overnight:Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: Arusha | Kilimanjaro Kids Community

  • Morning game drive in Serengeti National Park
  • Visit the Serengeti National Park Visitors Center on our way out of the park
  • Transfer to Seronera airstrip for your charter flight to Arusha
  • Visit the Cultural Heritage Center in Arusha to enjoy lunch, explore the artwork, and have time to shop
  • Travel to Human Outreach Project’s(HOP) Kilimanjaro Kids Community (KKC) for a site tour
  • Overnight: KIA Lodge or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 10: Visit HOP's KKC | International Departures

  • Return to theKilimanjaro Kids Community to spend time with the children: work on craft projects, read with the kids, play ball outside, and experience daily life at the HOP KKC
  • After we say our goodbyes to the staff and children of KKC, we will transfer you to a day room at the KIA Lodge to rest and freshen up
  • Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for departure flight home
  • Meals included: B/L

Add-On Adventures

Kilimanjaro Trek – Machame Route | From $4,900
Climb up the tallest free-standing mountain in the world

View More Kilimanjaro Trek Routes!

Rwanda Gorilla Tracking | From $4,995
Silverback Gorillas | Volcanoes National Park

Zanzibar Island | From $1,800
Stone Town, a World Heritage Site | white sand beaches | turquoise waters

HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT IN TANZANIA

One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we travel. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe, and connecting trekkers with voluntourism opportunities in local communities. We have a number of diverse projects in Tanzania that WWTrek guests can get involved with.

The Kilimanjaro Kids Community is HOP’s proudest achievement. This 4-acre orphanage sits in the shadow of Kilimanjaro and currently houses 12 Tanzanian children and 4 full-time staff. HOP has also been working at the Makuyuni Primary School to provide daily school lunches for the school’s 850 children, supporting the Mama Na M’toto women’s empowerment group in the village of Mto wa Mbu, as well as providing start-up funding to one of our long-time porters for his business, Bima’s Rice and Beans.

TRAVEL NOTES

Best Time of Year to Visit:

Our personal favorite time to travel includes mid-May through early August. The rainy season has just ended providing plentiful vegetation and biodiversity with less dust in the air. Additionally, late June through early August offers cooler temperatures. January, February, and September are the driest and warmest months in Tanzania, and therefore the busiest months. March through early June is a rainy season, and visibility is low, though the crowds are gone.

Arrivals & Departures:

This trip begins and ends in the Siha District of Tanzania, in East Africa. You will fly into and out of Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

*Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.

Recommended Flights:

International airfares are not included in program pricing. Although there are many flight options to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), flying through Amsterdam offers the best route. Our travel expert, Danny Genung at Harr Travel is more than happy to review the many flight options from the U.S. to Kilimanjaro. You can reach him at danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117.

The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, we do not recommend using them due to instability in the itineraries. We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

Customs, Visa, & Immigration:

Upon clearing customs in Tanzania, you will be required to purchase a 12-month multiple-entry tourist visa for $100. Please bring cash, as exact change is required. In addition, you will need a one-hundred dollar bill that is less than ten years old. Please keep your landing card (received in flight) and a pen handy for customs. You can complete a visa application (contact your country’s embassy for requirements) prior to your arrival, or fill one out at the airport. After you purchase your visa and clear customs, a World Wide Trekking representative will meet you and transfer you to the lodge in Arusha.

*Please Note: Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport, leave one at home and bring the other with you to Tanzania along with two extra passport photos in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend purchasing travel insurance, which will protect you in the event of an unanticipated cancellation of your trip, and depending on the plan you choose, can refund all the costs already paid (including flights, trip costs, and your payment to us). Please note: you must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. There are three plans that we recommend choosing from: Cavalry, Rip Cord or Harbor. Please send us a copy of your plan if you choose to purchase one.

Accommodations:

Enjoy your stay in Tanzania’s most elegant lodges while we make every effort to impress on our exhilarating safari adventures. For us, it’s all about the details because the fine points make the difference.  The luxurious lodges offer standard and contemporary amenities including internet, spa services, laundry, swimming pool, and fine dining accommodations.

Transportation:

A World Wide Trekking representative will privately transport you from the airport to your lodge.  We arrange all in-country transportation and ensure safe, comfortable, and private transportation for all of our travel needs. Enjoy both land cruisers and charter flights for the best safari viewing experience.

Meals:

Proper nutrition plays a vital role in the success of all our adventures. We offer a flexible and accommodating yet flavorful and hearty dining experience shared together at the lodges. Enjoy buffet style breakfasts and banquet style lunches and dinners. The lodges provide two or more options during each course and beverages range from water and soda to beer.

Health & Safety:

Our stringent commitment to safety means you have access to our medically certified Professional Western Guide(s) before and throughout your trip. Our staff also carries emergency medical equipment such as satellite phones and medical kits

In addition, we recommend visiting your local travel vaccination clinic one month before your trip. Needed vaccinations include a current tetanus shot, annual influenza shot, Varicella, Typhoid, Hep A, and MMR.

For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Levy, our medical advisor, at 801-943-0264 or visit our Trek Tips series on YouTube.

Our Team:

Once you sign on with WWTrekking, we are here for you every step of the way! You will be assigned an adventure specialist who will help you prepare for your trip. Whether your questions or needs are regarding flights, packing, early arrivals, departures, accommodations or anything else, your adventure specialist is only a phone call away!

Once your trip begins, World Wide Trekking boasts an extensive support crew on all trips of 8 people or more. We provide medically certified, Professional Western guide(s) for all adventures of 8+ passengers as well as a plethora of local professionals to aid the group along the way. Additionally, you have access to a Local Operations Manager throughout your adventure.

Add-on Adventures:

Many guests prefer to arrive early or leave late so they can add more adventure into their vacation. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply. Below are some of our favorite and most popular add-on adventures.

Gratuities:

In many parts of the world, gratuities are given in appreciation for a job well done. Our guides will take care of tipping service personnel along the way so that you don’t have to think about it.

For any additional services outside of our itinerary, plan to tip 10% (transport, restaurants, baggage, lodges, etc). We will provide you a tipping guide once you sign up for a trip.

At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented to your WWTrekking guides and trekking staff as we say our goodbyes.

Currency Exchange:

We recommend exchanging money at the airport as soon as you clear customs. We will offer additional exchange opportunities, but typically you will receive the best rates at the airport. Exchanging $100 should suit your needs for the safari. We always recommend bringing $500 cash with you on your trip for incidentals.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Country:

Tanzania is one of the world’s oldest inhabited regions. For three million years man has roamed its regions, savannas to mountains, carving out an existence from the African countryside. Drawn to exotic Africa, explorers have tried to tame her wildness to no avail. The story of Tanganyika, Tanzania, is one of unaltered wilds and progressive politics. “Kilimanjaro,” according to the President of Mozambique, Chissano, “carried the torch that liberated Africa.”

Population:

49.25 million

Time Zone:

East Africa Time Zone – UTC+03:00

Capital City:

Dodoma, Tanzania

People:

Tribes of Tanzania

Sukuma comprise the largest tribe with three million Tanzanians. Living in the northwestern area of Tanzania, they speak Bantu and are traditionally cattle herders and farmers of subsistence crops such as cassava.

Nywamwezi, also known as the “people of the moon,” are the second largest tribe in Tanzania. Similar to the Sukuma, they are also historically cattle herders, farmers, and Bantu speakers. Living in the northwest of Tanzania, near Lake Victoria, the tribe has about 1.5 million members.

The third largest tribe of Tanzania reside on the south and eastern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and Mosh. The Chaga speak Kichagga, a Niger-Congo language. They were one of the first tribes to convert to Christianity. Among the richest and most powerful people in Tanzania, they hold a strong sense of identity. Known for their advanced farming techniques, trade, and politics, they thrive as a successful tribe.

Descended from Persia, the Shirazi make up the majority of the people of Zanzibar island. They speak Swahili and practice Sunni and Shia Islam.

Culture & Religion:

Tanzanians bear a surprisingly strong national association, or ujamaa (family-hood). They rarely identify themselves by tribe upon an initial meeting. This collective attitude comes from the Julius Nyerere days and his push to unify over 120 tribes in a socialistic type society. This national mindset allows Tanzania a relatively peaceful existence with tribes coexisting. Christians and Muslims live side by side with minimal friction.

Money:

The official currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling abbreviated TZS. TZS replaced the East Africa shilling in 1966 and is abbreviated TZS. Currency exchangers subdivide the shilling into 100 senti and it is written as x/y where x is the amount over one shilling and y is the senti. Due to the fluctuating exchange rates, we recommend searching online to find out the current rate.